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Sail Date: October 2017
We chose Oceania for the food and the service and it did not disappoint. The room (Penthouse) was just the right size with great amenities. The walk in closet and extra balcony room was appreciated. We ate in every specialty restaurant ... Read More
We chose Oceania for the food and the service and it did not disappoint. The room (Penthouse) was just the right size with great amenities. The walk in closet and extra balcony room was appreciated. We ate in every specialty restaurant and they were all great but Red Ginger was my favorite. We also ate in cabin frequently and used the butler service. Highly recommended for a port intensive cruise. I used the spa frequently and was never disappointed. My hair was on point thanks to Mario and my nails were beautiful. We also had a wonderful massage at the beginning. The laundry facility was fairly quick and easy to use. I enjoyed not having to give up my cappuccino each morning - they were available just about everywhere. The staff were warm and friendly throughout the ship. we found the internet (free) to be slow and time consuming so we used 3G data when near land. We did a La Reserve Dinner and it was our favorite event on board. The port disembarkations were well organized and very smooth as were the embarkations at the end of each day. We highly recommend and would absolutely sail with Oceania again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Absolutely incredible!!!! The room size was great as was the size of the bathroom. The Bulgari amenities are a lovely touch. You event have a choice of the scent that is placed in your room. Sirena is a lovely ship and her crew ... Read More
Absolutely incredible!!!! The room size was great as was the size of the bathroom. The Bulgari amenities are a lovely touch. You event have a choice of the scent that is placed in your room. Sirena is a lovely ship and her crew ensured that we had a perfect experience!!! We are so happy with our sailing we have rebooked with Oceania on the Marina for 2019. The ports were wonderful on this sailing except for Nassau. It would be so much nicer if we had an overnight in one of the Spanish ports or Madeira and skipped that port all together. There were 6 other ships in dock that day (4 Carnival, 1 Disney, 1 Royal Caribbean). The enrichment sessions were wonderful and we went to almost every one! Entertainment was intimate and very good. Dining is excellent. We found the food in the Terrace Cafe and Grand Dining room to be excellent. Such attention to detail by Razvan and his dining room staff as well as Chef and his team!. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We were on two back-to-back cruises on the Sirena for a total of six weeks. This is the first time we have been on a ship this small and learned that you have to give to get. On the first leg of our cruise the ship was only 2/3 full, so ... Read More
We were on two back-to-back cruises on the Sirena for a total of six weeks. This is the first time we have been on a ship this small and learned that you have to give to get. On the first leg of our cruise the ship was only 2/3 full, so we were upgraded to a balcony. It was a nice size and the bed and linens were wonderful. I think Oceania has the best beds at sea. The cabin attendants were also outstanding. The first leg from Barcelona to Miami included a transatlantic. We have been on TAs before and always enjoyed them because of the many things to do. But Sirena did not seem to have many activities that appealed to us. There were two lectures a day, but that was it unless you wanted to play bridge or mah jongg or beanie bag toss. We made suggestions on the mid-cruise questionnaire that some activities would have been to have movies during the day, chats with the entertainment staff about what their experience is like, and more moderately priced wine tastings. We also tried to find other passengers to play hand and foot and samba card games. We put two notices in the card room to sign up, but they kept disappearing. Eventually they started putting puzzles in the library, but one woman would sit there all day and work the puzzle to completion. The ship can't help that lack of consideration by passengers for other passengers. We thought the food was sensational. We don't like dining in the main dining room because it takes too much time. We found the food in the Terrace buffet to be very good. The Tuscan Steak restaurant fell far short of our expectations. Wish they would return to the original steak and Italian menu. Absolutely loved Red Ginger and looked forward to each of our visits. Jacques Bistro for lunch was wonderful. On our second leg of the cruise the ship was full and we were moved to Deck 3 where we were originally booked. After being in a balcony, we thought we would hate being so low in the ship, but once we hit some rough seas, we found that we didn't notice them as much. Also, there were only 15 cabins on Deck 3 and it was very quiet and so close to Deck 4 and Deck 5 where we went on a regular basis. Don't hesitate to book on this deck. We questioned some of the times that we spent in some of the ports. In some of the bigger ports in the Amazon and Brazil there was barely time to return from a tour and the ship took off. Santarem was an example of this. We also went to Boca de Valeria which is a tiny village that only took 45 minutes to walk through. However, we spent the entire day there. The lecturers were enjoyable, but need to work on their presentation skills. One gentleman said he had been giving lectures for over 20 years, yet he read his lectures word-for-word from his PowerPoint slide like he had never seen them before. Late in the cruise were several cooking demonstrations. They were fun to watch even ifyou don't like cooking. Recipes were distributed, but they lacked the detail or accuracy in ingredients and steps to make the dish. The measurements were metric so a lot of conversion would be necessary for Americans. We went on just a few of the ship's excursions preferring to use private tours that we found on CC. We visited the Destinations desk several times to ask for more information about several cruises, and the people at the desk were very pleasant, but really had no additional information to give us. We don't think that they went on any of the excursions. I know that they don't write up the descriptions, but some details were left off what little description there was. For example, one excursion promised a ride in a dugout canoe. Since we visited during dry season in the Amazon the area where we would take the dugouts was too shallow and they substituted a 20 minute walk in the rain forest that was so muddy you slipped and slided and nearly lost your shoes. A note on the description saying that the dugout canoe portion did not take place during the dry season months would have been helpful. Would we sail Oceania again? Yes, but on one of their larger ships and certainly not on one that included a TA. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I love Oceania Cruises but, not sure I like European beef. We sailed from Barcelona, Spain to Miami, Florida. While the cruise was good...the beef on board was way below standard. Being a meat manager...I believe the beef was either ... Read More
I love Oceania Cruises but, not sure I like European beef. We sailed from Barcelona, Spain to Miami, Florida. While the cruise was good...the beef on board was way below standard. Being a meat manager...I believe the beef was either European or US Select grade. This was based on two steak meals in the Tuscan Steakhouse and multiple occasions in the Main Dining Room and the Terrace Café. Service was great...entertainment left something to enjoy. The six Oceania singers/dancers were OK...still tailor there shows to 70s/80s folks (I am early 70s). This could be Improved...the accompanying band was great. With this said, Oceania is a good/great cruise line...but, as with other cruise lines they do over charge for beer/wine/mixed drinks. For example, if you don't buy one of there two beverages packages...there cheapest beer is $6.50 and they add an 18% gratuity on top of it. Same as they do for wine and mixed drinks...it gets expensive knowing what they have to pay for alcohol. Finally, tours and transit fees to/from the boat are way over-priced...try some web site like Viator. With all this said...I will return to Oceania. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because we had been on a very busy cruise on Oceania Riviera Barcelona to Barcelona for ten days then spent 4 days in Barcelona before embarking on the Sirena. We wanted some R&R and also wanted to avoid the jet ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had been on a very busy cruise on Oceania Riviera Barcelona to Barcelona for ten days then spent 4 days in Barcelona before embarking on the Sirena. We wanted some R&R and also wanted to avoid the jet lag by having gradual time changes. The ship was very clean as was our cabin, always cleaning somewhere on the ship. Our cabin staff were so friendly polite and accommodating. Breakfast room service was always on time hot and wonderfully set up in our room. The dinning staff and sommelier were accommodating, friendly and polite. You were usually always called by name. The food was amazing. The sea bass in the red ginger was to die for. We did not go to any of the entertainment because we were usually too tired and preferred to enjoy our balcony as we sailed. We did not take any of the Oceania tours but booked then on our own from information on Cruise Critic. Much cheaper and much smaller numbers on our tours. We would travel with Oceania again without a doubt. PKat246 Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose this for the itinerary that we were interested in and recommendations from others who had traveled on the Riviera. We spent several days prior to the cruise in Barcelona and that was one of the reasons we chose this particular cruise ... Read More
Chose this for the itinerary that we were interested in and recommendations from others who had traveled on the Riviera. We spent several days prior to the cruise in Barcelona and that was one of the reasons we chose this particular cruise as we wanted to visit there. Service was terrific, staff couldn't have been nicer, food excellent, particularly dining at La Reserve. Beauty salon was also well staffed and very helpful. We felt that on a ship of this level that the laundry room should have been free of cost. As we did not buy a drink package the cost per drink was extremely pricey and this too we felt was beyond what it should have been. Tours offered by the ship are very expensive, best to make your own arrangements, use Cruise Critic Roll Call to meet people of mutual interest. Go to afternoon tea, that is a must.. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We selected the Oceania Riviera Sept 18 - 30, 2017 Barcelona to Venice because of the itinerary and the desire to try another cruise line. We have cruised with Holland America, Celebrity and Viking previously. The draw to Oceania was the ... Read More
We selected the Oceania Riviera Sept 18 - 30, 2017 Barcelona to Venice because of the itinerary and the desire to try another cruise line. We have cruised with Holland America, Celebrity and Viking previously. The draw to Oceania was the supposedly upscale travel and food raves by previous cruisers. It barely lived up to either. The Oceania excursions are expensive and the poorest quality we have ever experienced. Typical excursion was a drive to a location, a very brief, inadequate description of the location, little background/history, followed by - "I'll meet you here in an hour." We had a wonderful guide in Rome and that was it. We had purchased an excursion from Oceania in every port. The folks who did Hop on Hop Off buses or hired taxis in ports had much better tours than we had for half the cost or less. The food was off and on even in the fine dining restaurants. I was looking forward to the Polo Grill because others said how wonderful it was. My filet was suppose to be medium rare, it was served closer to medium. Called the waiter over, next try closer to medium rare but still over cooked. I gave up and ate it. Others found better meals in the Terrace Cafe than the main dining room. Usually main dining room was pretty good for us. I didn't find the rest of the amenities above any other cruise line we had previously cruised with. We booked air through the cruise line. We found Air Canada Rouge level unacceptable for food, service, etc. The return had an unnecessary leg from Montreal to Toronto. If we hadn't requested wheelchairs which we always had to ask for in each airport, we would have never made the connection from Montreal to Toronto. Wheelchairs are whisked through customs and passport control. We flew out of Indianapolis so should have been routed through a US international airport, but I guess they get a deal with Air Canada. Lesson learned Never again will we travel Oceania/Air Canada. Now if I could get them to stop mailing 2 brochures a week. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and we had heard that Oceania is a great cruise line.We boarded in Barcelona and the cruise ended in Venice.Embarkation was easy and efficient in Barcelona.We were given lunch and got into room ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and we had heard that Oceania is a great cruise line.We boarded in Barcelona and the cruise ended in Venice.Embarkation was easy and efficient in Barcelona.We were given lunch and got into room later in afternoon. Its a beautiful ship, a little worn in places, but we had heard its going to drydock for remodel soon. We enjoyed the oversized verandah in our room (7000).The most comfortable bed and amazing bedding! Good room except for constant door slamming as staff room at end of hallway right beside our room. I didn't mind during the day but at 2:30 am I thought why do they need to slam door in the middle of the night!Great cabin stewards, Zin & Raj did an amazing job and never stopped working and smiling.The staff on the ship are amazing?They will never pass by you without saying "hello"!We enjoyed all 4 specialty restaurants.The Terrace Buffet is excellent(Not your typical buffet-they serve you).Waves is a great grill for hamburgers.We dined often at the outdoor dining area off of the Terrace.(we had beautiful weather)It was lovely with some breathtaking views.Grand Dining Room was average.We loved Martini bar-they had a great piano player-Luigi.Nightly shows were very mediocre.Ships is quiet at night-hardly anyone in casino.We did our own excursions as Oceania's were very expensive.Very relaxing on this ship-no kid screaming.Average age would be 50-60's.Very casual-gone are the days when everyone dressed up formal for dinner-thank goodness! This was our first cruise with Oceania and it won't be our last.We really enjoyed it! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Excellent service, food was exceptional. Culinary classes and butler service made this our best cruise to date. New favourite port is Kotor Montenegro. Stunning scenery and friendly people. Service onboard was excellent, and it was nice to ... Read More
Excellent service, food was exceptional. Culinary classes and butler service made this our best cruise to date. New favourite port is Kotor Montenegro. Stunning scenery and friendly people. Service onboard was excellent, and it was nice to have shuttles into city centre in every port. Having a penthouse suite has spoiled us, and it was great to be able to order full service meals from any specialty restaurant into our cabin. The suite had a great little table and chairs at the foot of the bed. Our butler graciously took the order and delivered the meals with a smile. Laundry was easy to do ourselves, but the butler proactively shined all my shoes and we got two clothing items pressed at no charge. Our fridge was regularly and promptly stocked with our fave beverages and we never had to ask for bottled water once they knew what we liked. Oceania does many things extremely well. The excursions list was a little uninspired so we did exclusively private and group tours with passengers through. Raise Critic roll calls. Only downside on 11th floor cabin was the overhang didn't allow us to see past a certain height, so star watching and sunsets were difficult to enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Travel agent recommended Oceana and booked this Mediterranean cruise for us. The shore excursions were fine, but the onboard experience was so fabulous that you won't want to go ashore. The ship is luxuriously decorated with every ... Read More
Travel agent recommended Oceana and booked this Mediterranean cruise for us. The shore excursions were fine, but the onboard experience was so fabulous that you won't want to go ashore. The ship is luxuriously decorated with every possible activity you'd want. There is a reason that Oceana gets Best Dining Cruises. The dining experience was wonderful. But the best part of the Riviera experience had to be the exquisite service throughout the ship. The cabin was nicely appointed and well laid out. The bath was especially nice. I used the fitness center often and appreciated the advice of the staff there. My wife made many trips to the spa. She was hooked on the massage experience and the acupuncture. The topside track was a great place to run, with a good supply of cold water always available. This was our first Oceana cruise, but now I won't look for cruises based on destination, but look to see where the Riviera will be sailing. Probably not a good cruise to take children on, since I didn't see any children or activities suited for them. Can't wait to go back on the Riviera. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our fourth Oceania cruise. We have sailed on the sister ship Marina, as well. We are well acquainted with the superb cuisine, the impeccable service, the onboard entertainment, and quality of the staterooms. There is no ... Read More
This was our fourth Oceania cruise. We have sailed on the sister ship Marina, as well. We are well acquainted with the superb cuisine, the impeccable service, the onboard entertainment, and quality of the staterooms. There is no comparison to the larger megaships for attention to detail. The specialty restaurants are particularly excellent, but the grille and buffet offerings at the Terrace Café, or in the Main Dining Room, are also a serious cut above other cruise lines. The choice of destinations (i.e., the western Med) was a particular reason for choosing this trip. We are partial to small private tours (6-8 people), so we do not often elect the group tours offered by the ship. One negative - the ship excursion to Cinque Terre was not delivered as promised in the brochure and excursion sheets: We did not see as many towns as listed, and the stops in two of the villages were so short that the entire allotted time was spent standing in line for a restroom at a restaurant or bar (I paid eight euros for a glass of wine for the privilege of standing on a line for the one unisex restroom in a small bar - and then had to run to meet up with the group at the railway station). We were credited aa 20% refund on our excursion cost - still 60% higher than the private tours we booked. I expected a full price credit toward a future cruise. Other than that, where the ship and its amenities are concerned, I have no complaints whatsoever. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
I agree that things have slipped a little with food since we were on the maiden voyage of the Riviera a few years ago, and I noticed that on another Oceania ship last year as well. However, the ship itself is still like-new and lovely, ... Read More
I agree that things have slipped a little with food since we were on the maiden voyage of the Riviera a few years ago, and I noticed that on another Oceania ship last year as well. However, the ship itself is still like-new and lovely, with a more understated elegance than many cruise ships. We did not notice any wear or need for updating. Oceania is not aiming to top the entertainment options of the mega-liners, but I think it has forged out an excellent niche for people who are turned off by the glitz of other lines. We particularly enjoyed Polo Grill and Toscana. The free painting lessons were fun. We used a mixture of O LIfe included tours and planning our own day tours with fellow passengers through Cruise Critic Roll Call. I see no reason to upgrade to Concierge cabins on the Riviera--the few add-ons are not worth it over a regular balcony cabin. I still think Oceania, if not as perfect as before, still beats the competition in what you get for your money, particularly if you watch the deals through some of the discounters and TravelZoo. In response to one of the reviews below, there were literally no children on our recent cruise, and we have never had more than a couple at a time. We were in 8133, and I noticed that the rooms directly below that section offer a double-sized balcony for less money--something I will remember if we schedule another Riviera cruise! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I had been on other cruises with 2 other cruise lines and my sister on 3 other cruise lines but we did not know how enjoyable cruising could be until Oceania. From embarkation which was seamless to the comfort of our cabin and bed, this ... Read More
I had been on other cruises with 2 other cruise lines and my sister on 3 other cruise lines but we did not know how enjoyable cruising could be until Oceania. From embarkation which was seamless to the comfort of our cabin and bed, this was an incredible experience. The food was fantastic at every venue, although my least favorite was Red Ginger, and high tea daily was exceptional. We loved the Strings quartet which played during tea and in Grand Bar. The shows I saw were well done and the talent enjoyable. The Broadway and Lights, Camera, Movies shows were both fun. Loved trivia 2x/day and Name that Tune. The service in the restaurants, reception, bars, spa. Etc was terrific. The shore excursions were great but my one complaint was not all moderate activity level excursions were equal. I have some mobility issues so I tried to pick excursions where I could keep up, but whereas some were easy,some were near impossible. The guides were very accommodating however and worked with me. I think my next cruises will be with Oceania from now on. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our 3rd Oceana Cruise, and we choose this itinerary because visiting Barcelona Spain was at the top 1/3 of our bucket list and we wanted to experience one of Oceana's newer and larger ships. Neither disappointed. The Riviera ... Read More
This was our 3rd Oceana Cruise, and we choose this itinerary because visiting Barcelona Spain was at the top 1/3 of our bucket list and we wanted to experience one of Oceana's newer and larger ships. Neither disappointed. The Riviera is a FABULOUS vessel, extremely well designed and magnificently appointed. As usual the staff experience was beyond compare. We enjoyed the entire itinerary, especially Barcelona to Barcelona, Monaco, Palma de Mallorca, Malta and Pompeii (Lavorno). The newer staterooms are not only more spacious but are even better laid out than their predecessors and the new baths are fantastic. The beds, bedding and linens are a real indulgence and much appreciated. One disappointing note, the food quality has definitely slipped since our initial sailing in '07. Especially disappointing this trip was the food at the Polo Grill, mediocre at best. Both new specialty restaurants Jaques and especially Red Ginger were superb. We will definitely cruise with Oceana again, but hope the food notes are taken seriously by management. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
I consider our other 10 cruises as trial runs for an Oceania cruise. The Riviera so far surpassed accoutrements, service and food of other cruise lines that I think I'm spoiled forever. The cabin was perfectly appointed, each ... Read More
I consider our other 10 cruises as trial runs for an Oceania cruise. The Riviera so far surpassed accoutrements, service and food of other cruise lines that I think I'm spoiled forever. The cabin was perfectly appointed, each restaurant was unique and delicious, and the buffet was absolutely amazing in its selection and quality of food (and service - there weren't a gazillion hands on the food but, rather, servers who filled out plates). In fact, the breakfast croissants were so incredible that when we were in France we didn't bother with our usual search for a real French croissant. We took only one excursion and are so glad we picked this one - the Caves of the Dragon in Mallorca. Incredible stalactites and stalagmites with a beautiful concert on a gently gliding board in the cave's amphitheater at the end. Really extraordinary. I highly recommend signing up with Cruise Critics' Roll Call to meet other cruisers on your ship and plan excursions together. That's how I met some wonderful folks as we shared a van to and from Florence. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Just 7 months ago I was on the Riviera and had noticed Oceania had slipped in almost every area since the 4 cruises I had previously with them. But now the Riviera has slipped out of "luxury cruises" into the mainstream. For ... Read More
Just 7 months ago I was on the Riviera and had noticed Oceania had slipped in almost every area since the 4 cruises I had previously with them. But now the Riviera has slipped out of "luxury cruises" into the mainstream. For the same money, I have been far happier in a full suite on Princess. We embarked in Barcelona easily and our concierge level room on deck # 10 was clean all week because of an excellent room steward. However the extra square footage seems wasted. It didn't seem any larger than a regular room on another line. Dining has suffered in the last year. Three specialty restaurants were excellent (Toscana the best) accounting for 4 of our meals but the wife was sick from something she had at Red Ginger during our last day in Santorini. The MDR was pathetic. Poor service and a ordinary selection of firsts, entrees and desserts continue to defy the talk of this being a "foodie cruise" The buffet has the same breakfast for 10 days straight. The breakfast in your cabin for Concierge people was actually quite good. Lunch and dinner up there was OK but the Terrace Cafe has the world's worst coffee. Even the lattes were cold or weak. The only alternative was to hike up to the barista on the 14th floor. Entertainment? Activities? While I did enjoy the $69 cooking course on last cruise, this had only 1 sea day. There was no activities. The casino was empty all the time. The entertainment is truly awful. The comedian was so bad the 1st night, I didn't meet a single person who saw him the 2nd. A small troupe of singers and dancers tried but its clear this is not an Oceania priority. Shore excursions are always a thorn in the side of an Oceania guest. Wanting to spend the OBC I thought I had, I signed up for a visit to 3 medieval villages and a tour in Santorini labelled Windmills and Akritori. The 1st did 2 villages then we were left in a run down area of some city to look at cheap ceramics for way too long. The 2nd was a nice tour of an ancient Minoan town but as to the windmills, the guide pointed to 1 about 800 yards away and that was it. They dumped us of at the bottom of a very steep hill, gave us a ticket to get down on a gondola and said goodbye. After a very steep climb we were confronted with a 2 hour wait to get off the cliff. I should mention that Oceania charges 50% than other lines for the same excursions. Most passengers I talked too were not happy with their excursions either. More hidden funnies. All items in the shops had a 20% tax added on. Similarly so did drinks and wine. Example. A $10 bottle at home would be about $50 on board. The and 18% for tip and 20% for Spain--for the entire cruise! There was no warning about this at all. That is an extra $19 a bottle! My suggestion is that when you go to France or Italy, buy a great bottle on shore and pay the $25 corkage at dinner or just savor the wine in the room and take a glass with you without the charge. More funnies. I bought the cruise with the O-Life option which included $600 of OBC and free internet, a $279 value. After coming back from my 1st shore excursion and trying to get online, I was told I had neither. After producing the papers to prove otherwise over and over. I was told they had to e-mail Miami head office. 4 times I tried, 4 times the head office denied the obvious. The purser is not allowed to phone head office. (or think for herself). With only 48 hours left in the cruise, I found a small card on my bed after dinner that I had $600. No call, no explanation. And little to spend it on. Champagne for the house? Back down to see the nodding fools and I was told still no internet and a credit of any sort is out of the question. I cannot tell if the takeover by NCL has anything to do with this but the bean counters have been busy and it is not good. Sadly, this was my 6th and probably last cruise with Oceania. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because we found a really good price and since we had previously sailed on Oceania, we knew we would enjoy it. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. We arrived at the cruise port at about 11:00 and were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we found a really good price and since we had previously sailed on Oceania, we knew we would enjoy it. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. We arrived at the cruise port at about 11:00 and were allowed to board, had a nice lunch, and then got to our rooms about 2:30. Food was great. We especially enjoyed the food in the specialty restaurants. Oceania allows you to make reservations at all four restaurants for no extra charge. Wait staff was attentive and welcoming. This particular cruise was port heavy. Ten days with only one sea day. Most of Oceania's excursions are pricey, so we only did two ship's tours (courtesy of our ship board credit). Both tours had excellent tour guides and gave good information. Oceania did provide free shuttle service from the pier to the towns at several ports. We had free internet and it was terrible. Hopefully those who paid for access had better connection and faster time than we did. We had a veranda cabin on the 7th deck. Our cabin was fine. Although we personally would have preferred a larger shower than to have both a tub and shower. We found the bed very comfortable. The ship is showing a little wear, but nothing unacceptable. Amenities are BVLGARI brand and very nice. Attendants were attentive and helpful. We have also sailed on Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Regent, and Celebrity. Oceania is one of our favorites. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We signed up for the cruise the end of March because of a great sale. We were a group of 4 couples; 2 veteran, 2 novice. The two new couples to cruising on Oceania had their expectations far exceeded ( we all took the O Life option ). The ... Read More
We signed up for the cruise the end of March because of a great sale. We were a group of 4 couples; 2 veteran, 2 novice. The two new couples to cruising on Oceania had their expectations far exceeded ( we all took the O Life option ). The two veteran had our expectations met. All had a great time in spite of one of the novice couples being pick pocketed in Barcelona upon arrival at the airport ( cash and passports ). The crew has always cheerful and helpful. Don't forget that the dining is the best on the seven seas ( although we were somewhat disappointed in Red Ginger this time ). Great cruise, great value! We shared wine brought in from the daily port of call with the group in one of our cabins , before heading out to our dinner venue of the evening. Between the four couples we must have brought on a total of 20 bottles. From what I understand, this is the only cruise line that will tolerate this. We really did cruise our way. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, even though we have been to some of these ports before, there were many new ports of call. The food and service in the Red Ginger and the Tuscan Steakhouse specialty restaurants has been beyond ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, even though we have been to some of these ports before, there were many new ports of call. The food and service in the Red Ginger and the Tuscan Steakhouse specialty restaurants has been beyond expectations. The food and service in the Grand Dinning Room has been good to excellent. The food and service in the Terrace Cafe has been good to average. Many of the excursions have been bad, good and great. It's hard to rate excursions because not all tastes are the same. If you haven't cruised much, some ports of call may seem boring and a waste of time and money but I think it's safe to say don't bother visiting the village of Sagunto in the port of Valencia. The Emerald Grotto excursion in the Amalfi/Positano port is a total ripoff, don't waste your money ! In the port of Split, Croatia, skip Ancient Salona and spend all your time inside the walls off Diocletian Palace.In Ravenna, Italy, skip Comacchio Lagoon fishing village. We arrived in Barcelona two days before embarkation , stayed at the Hotel Colon, which is across from The Cathedral of Barcelona . Great location. Try and get a room with a terrace overlooking the plaza of the cathedral. We visited the Gaudi House and got tickets online before leaving California thru an app called Tiquets, avoid the lines, use the app. This is our fifth cruise on Oceania and this embarkation went very smooth. Our cabin number was 6079. Very good location . Grand Dining Room, Casino, Boutiques, and Showroom were one floor below us. Laundry room one floor above and elevator close but not heard. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Loved the Ports! There were 11 of us. All our family. Had a wonderful time, the kids are teenagers and enjoyed, St. Tropez and Ibiza. We had great dinners at the restaurants, and the help was fabulous. With the exception of the ... Read More
Loved the Ports! There were 11 of us. All our family. Had a wonderful time, the kids are teenagers and enjoyed, St. Tropez and Ibiza. We had great dinners at the restaurants, and the help was fabulous. With the exception of the Vista Suite my wife and I had taken, it was wonderful. We were over the thrusters and the anchor and it was miserable early morning awakened by the noise of coming into port, and when we left port late at night we would have to wait until they departed before we went to bed. I would have taken a lesser room mid ship had I known that was going to happen. We enjoyed the ports, and again, it was an amazing family vacation. The weather was great in every port, the kids worked out in the gym, we are planning another trip on the Marina to Russia next year, and I will make sure our suite is not on top of the anchor or Thrusters. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Since Norwegian took control of Oceania, the shipping company sank, the former European crew disappear, now Filipinan crew, the dress code also disappeared, pasesengers in Jeans, sportt shoes, shorts and swimwear in the Bars and ... Read More
Since Norwegian took control of Oceania, the shipping company sank, the former European crew disappear, now Filipinan crew, the dress code also disappeared, pasesengers in Jeans, sportt shoes, shorts and swimwear in the Bars and Restaurants, definitvely completely lost its category. The quality of food also is not the same and the service is rude, scales with absurd schedules like Ibiza only a few hours in the day when life begins at night. The Shows every night starts to early, it`s impossible to catch them, Dinner is at the same hour. We can try to get on board reservation for Restaurants and it was impossible, the people in charge or reservations always said SOLD OUT, and her attitude was very angry. Only Concierges Julio and Felipe have a good attitude, always availables. Recently we did another cruise with Sliversea and the difference in quality and category is impressive, surely the next cruise will be again with Silversea. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We were very curious about Oceania, and all the brochures that were piling up from the mail piqued our interest as well. We actually thought we were their targeted demographic; our WSJ had brochures enclosed weekly. Also, a few years ago, ... Read More
We were very curious about Oceania, and all the brochures that were piling up from the mail piqued our interest as well. We actually thought we were their targeted demographic; our WSJ had brochures enclosed weekly. Also, a few years ago, while at an awards ceremony on another line, the well-traveled couple next to us suggested we'd love Oceania. So on May 21, there we were, efficiently boarding in the port of Barcelona, but without our typical embarkation photo! There is no photographer on board. Hmmm .....no champagne or crew delighted to welcome us either! We'd booked a concierge level cabin, and after a disappointing embarkation lunch of fish cooked to cardboard in the outdoor cafe, made our way to our floor. Suitcases lined the hallways and landings. Passengers were locating and lugging their unwieldy bags down the corridor in both directions to their cabins. Being newbies, we followed suit. Is this the way it's done? Still not sure. We have been sailing in suites for the last 20 years. This was the smallest piece of real estate we've had so far (exception river boats), smallest balcony, and more limited storage space than typical. We were still getting sorted, and I decided to visit the lounge on our floor. Quiet....but I found the teabags and hot water, but, alas, only miniature takeout cups with cute mini lids! The novelty of this find only distracted me briefly, before I realized my cup of tea would be about 3 swallows! Oh well, day one, always a few glitches..... Dinner in the Asian restaurant was good; black cod is a favorite of mine, but again a few glitches...... The next many days were filled with ship shore excursions in Spain, Portugal and France. We'd been to several of the ports before, added Bordeaux, Oporto, Bilbao, Cartagena this trip. Some background might be helpful. Oceania mails a lovely personalized book of your itinerary, and a complete list and description of all shore excursions. However, the pricing for ordering multiple shore excursions was complicated, and customer service reps warned me twice to call back before I finalized my selection to make sure of pricing. At the time I thought this was much too complicated and too much phone time compared to other lines, where I can easily choose online. But, if this is how an experience is personalized, so be it. We did basic city excursions daily. Some were more successful than others, but all participating passengers were directed off to their tours efficiently. Returning was another story on at least a couple of days. The full buffet closed at 2:00pm. We found this time rather arbitrary when most of the passengers were touring and returning close to 2 pm. The outside grill remains open longer, the concierge lounge has mini sandwiches and cookies, and afternoon tea is served for an hour late afternoon. Again, food is fine, specialty restaurants are good, and if you obsess over unlimited shellfish, this is the line for you. However, our expectation was that the service level would be impeccable. That was not our experience. All food is served from the buffet. That goes for coffee and water too....repeatedly, we were ignored at table of one or two. On the other hand, plates were removed as soon as a fork was placed down. And those teeny cups? The only ones available all cruise long. My experience in the outdoor grill day 2 was so disagreeable, I would not return. Those lunch crowds after the tours returned filled the outdoor grill to overflowing. I did not know the protocol. I went up to the order window, got yelled at to go get a table....I said there are none now, but may I order, and got ignored totally, totally dismissed, while next person in line placed order. Never. Never. Have I been the target of rudeness like this onboard a ship. ((Aside: I have seen crew members so well trained that they keep smiling even as passengers become impossible!) By Day 3 I was pretty convinced no one cared if I was on board, except our cabin stewards, who were very good at their jobs, and did smile and greet us like they were happy to see us! I did laundry on board, (first time since 1995), as did many others. I did not take a cooking class, nor a watercolor class. I did attend lectures and some of the entertainment. The big ships win the entertainment category easily, with multiple venues, and some exciting options. There's more to the story; I kept my usual log. Oceania is called the "foodie" line for all the lobster and no charge specialty restaurants. The library is great, paneled, many good titles available. Always lots of pool lounges open. Always room in the gym. Many well-traveled passengers on board; average age skews older..... It certainly isn't the fun ship. There certainly isn't a sense of festivity at any time or place. The free internet was so bogged down, we timed out before accessing sites. The gracious hospitality we've experienced from other ships' crew and officers wasn't demonstrated to me as a newbie. There were no washcloths or water coolers when returning to ship. There were no wow moments for us- and we have had many onboard surprises over the years.....the whole voyage was very laid back...... We are pretty low key, but we do leave home for a break from the ordinary, and to enjoy some special memories and interesting places. But indifference? That was our takeaway. We did not book a new cruise onboard. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We loved the ship, the service was impeccable and the food was very good. I would have to say the food in the main dining was better than the specialty restaurants except for Red Ginger and Jacques which were excellent. The service on ... Read More
We loved the ship, the service was impeccable and the food was very good. I would have to say the food in the main dining was better than the specialty restaurants except for Red Ginger and Jacques which were excellent. The service on board was top notch. We were promised free unlimited internet but were never able to even get to the server and when we did it was impossible to get email and forget facebook unless you try at 3am. Oceania knows they do not have the capacity for all the guests but continue to market this feature. This was a huge disappointment and I felt fraudulent on Oceania's part. The cost of the excursions and wine onboard were insane. A $10 bottle of wine was over $70 on ship with VAT and gratuity. It felt like Oceania is trying to nickle and dime you to death. I would rather they charge a little more for the cruise and not make all the extra charges so punitive. The TV on board was terrible with almost no content of movies or shows, very noncompetitive compared to other lines. We sailed on Marina 2 years ago to Australia and the internet was usable and wine charges more reasonable. Thankfully Oceania allowed us to bring wine aboard which we did and payed the $25 corkage fee. This could have been a 5 star cruise but by trying to making a few extra bucks they soured the overall experience. If you don't have enough internet capacity don't market free internet to everyone. If you don't drink, don't care about getting online and book private excursions you would be very happy. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and for that reason it was excellent. At 70, we were probably about average in age, if not on the younger side - there were very few passengers under 50. ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and for that reason it was excellent. At 70, we were probably about average in age, if not on the younger side - there were very few passengers under 50. Dress was generally on the casual side of "country club casual", with women better dressed than men. The ship is well presented, but some maintenance issues persist - we had to call maintenance twice to fix a noisy rattle on the balcony that spoiled our sleep, and we were locked out of our room at one point because our door lock needed to be "reprogrammed". The food quality and service was superior to other (20+) cruises we've been on and we were able to dine in the excellent specialty restaurants several extra times (our formal allotment was only four) by making same-day reservations. Food was not perfect - we sent some some dishes back to the kitchen because they were too salty, too tough or just cold. Our cabin was clean and neat, but layout was not well designed for storage. Housekeeping staff was excellent, but we had some issues - personal items left behind by a previous passenger and some stains on linens. All staff was uniformly welcoming and efficient. Shore excursions were marred by language issues and a lack of radio/audio devices - some guides were hard to understand and we just couldn't hear them in large groups and noisy areas. We found this very surprising from an upscale cruise line. One Oceania excursion was only half completed (because of a disabled participant who shouldn't have been allowed to take an "strenuous activity" excursion and held everyone back) and we were disappointed to receive only token compensation when we asked for an adjustment. We, and many other experienced cruisers, had arranged three independent excursions at both lower cost and better quality. Despite the observations listed above, we had a very enjoyable cruise, and we will likely cruise with Oceania again. Read Less
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